Card Games

Luckily for us, the popularity of card games is such that you can play them at casinos all over the United States, as well as from the comfort of your own home if you want to play online. Both online casinos and on-site casinos have their advantages. Online casinos allow you to play from anywhere you want at any time you want. You can play online games in your T-shirt and underwear.

Many people enjoy the excitement and glamour of playing in a casino, especially if you can make it an event with your friends. Casinos offer both fun and social interaction and give you the chance to strike up a conversation with people you don’t know and make new friends.

All the card games played at casinos have their own strengths and weaknesses, and different levels of difficulty. In order to win, gamblers will need both luck and skill. Take a look at the list of the five best card games, and see which games you already know, as well as which games you might want to try your luck at the next time you get online or are in a casino.

5. Baccarat (Punto Banco)

Baccarat Baccarat is one of the oldest casino card games. Baccarat, which is also known as Punto Banco, is one of the only games in the casino in which the gambler has fairly good odds against the house. Although baccarat is considered to be a difficult game to learn, it actually is not. First, the game is usually played in a separate room in order to minimize distractions from the rest of the casino floor, and this tends to make people feel they can’t enter the game. But, if you brave the separate room, you will find the game itself is interesting and fun to learn.

In the game of baccarat, there are two players: the player and the banker. The person who is gambling is betting on a hand: either the player’s hand or the banker’s hand. The gambler can also bet that the player and the bank will tie. Baccarat is played with either two or three cards, depending on the variation of the game. You want to look for a hand that adds up as close to nine as possible without going over.

In baccarat, the number cards are valued at their face values, with aces valued at one, and all picture cards are valued at zero. If the hand you are looking at has gone over nine, then 10 is automatically subtracted from the hand. The gambler wins if he or she correctly backs the hand that won or tied. Interestingly, backing a tie pays out more than backing a win.

4. Three-Card Poker

Three-Card PokerThree-card poker is a relatively new variant of the game that originated in American saloons in the 1800s. Three-card poker is a popular game because the bettor has some power over the outcome of the hand. The player bets (his or her ante) and is dealt three cards, as is the dealer. After the first deal of the cards, the player must decide whether to continue to play—which means he or she must bet more. The player can also choose to fold, which means that he or she loses his or her ante. With poker, the best hand wins, and if the player’s hand is better than the dealer’s, the player receives his or her money, as well as the dealer’s money. However, if the dealer’s winning hand does not have a queen or better, the player receives part of his or her money back. The list of winning hands from highest to lowest is:

  1. Royal Flush
  2. Straight Flush
  3. Four of a Kind
  4. Full House
  5. Flush
  6. Straight
  7. Three of a Kind
  8. Two Pair
  9. Pair
  10. High Card

3. Texas Hold’em Poker

Texas Hold’em PokerTexas Hold’em Poker is the most popular poker game in casinos today. In Texas Hold‘em Poker, the players are dealt two cards to begin with, face down. This is when the first round of betting begins. And, just like three-card poker, you can choose to fold or stay in the game. After everyone antes, three cards are placed in the middle of the table, face up. After another round of betting, a fourth card is added to the middle, and, then, after another round, a final card is added to the middle. The object of the game is to make the best hand you can with your cards and the cards in the middle of the table. As with Three-Card Poker, the best hand wins the money.

2. Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow PokerPai Gow, another form of poker, was invented in the 19th century as a variation of a traditional Chinese game played with dominoes. Pai Gow is played very similarly to other forms of poker with the listing of hands from high to low and betting in turn. Pai Gow can also be played as a two-card game, which means the only hands gamblers can win on are a pair or a high card. If you plan to play Pai Gow at a casino, check the rules because different casinos may have different rules for the varieties of high hands they will accept.

1. Blackjack

BlackjackSurprisingly, the top card game at nearly all casinos worldwide is still blackjack. Blackjack is one of the easiest games to play. The dealer and player are dealt cards and the closest player to 21 without going over wins the game. It is possible to split the hand between the dealer and the player. If the player and the dealer split the hand, they also split the pot.

To actually get blackjack, you must get 21 with an ace and either a 10 card or a face card. Because blackjack is such a simple game, it can be played quite easily by novices to the casino in order to enjoy the fun of playing a card game. In addition, blackjack is also played by very experienced players, and blackjack tournaments are often held for those players with a significant amount of experience.

Whether you decide to play blackjack or a variety of poker or baccarat, you are sure to have a great time at the exciting social of a casino or a relaxing evening in playing casino games online.

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Jean Carter is from Oakland, California and studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. After graduation, and pining for a warmer climate, Jean relocated to the Tule Springs suburb of Las Vegas, where she owns and operates her own online jewelry boutique incorporating traditional native American styles with her own unique designs. A true fan of the sophistication and glamor of Las Vegas casino life, Jean is also a freelance blogger specializing in all things suave and fashionable surrounding the casino lifestyle.